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Confederation of British Industry, an independent UK-wide employers' organisation representing public and private sector organisations
continuing professional development
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education is a survey of qualifiers from higher education (HE) institutions, which is conducted in two parts. The first stage asks what leavers were doing six months after they qualified from their HE course. The second stage or longitudinal survey is a follow-up survey that will look at the destinations of leavers three and a half years after they qualified. Managed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Institute for Career Guidance, professional body for careers practitioners, students and managers
Institute for Employment Research, research institute based at the University of Warwick produces labour market forecasts and trends (such as Working Futures data) as well as other research on the labour market
Job Centre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) It provides services that support people of working age from welfare into work, and helps employers to fill their vacancies. Main supplier of vacancy data.
Jobs4U directory
now discontinued, but it was part of the Connexions website (careers education website for young people) providing detailed job/occupational information (such as description, videos, pay data, qualifications and skill requirement, general outlook for job)
web-based database of labour market statistics from ONS, includes statistical information on the UK labour market (i.e. Employment, Unemployment, Earnings, Labour Force Survey and Jobcentre Plus vacancies)
USA's primary source of occupational information comprising information on standardised and occupation-specific descriptors. In the US, the database provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. It is currently being mapped to UK occupations by IER.
Office for National Statistics, UK independent producer of official statistics. It manages the collection of data for the Labour Force Survey (LFS), Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Census, Business Register Employment Survey (BRES), and others.
Standard Industry Code, latest version UK SIC 2007, classifies business establishments and other statistical units by the type of economic activity in which they are engaged
Standard Occupational Code, latest version SOC2010, a common classification of occupational information for the UK. Some datasets still use SOC2000. SOC2010 has nine major groups, 25 sub-major groups, 90 minor groups and 369 unit groups.
Sector Skills Councils, independent, employer-led, UK-wide organisations. There are 19 SSCs representing different sectors/industries. There remit is to increase employer investment in skills which will drive enterprise and create jobs and sustainable economic growth. Full list of SSCs here: http://www.sscalliance.org/SectorSkillsCouncils/DirectoryofSSCs/DirectorySSCs.aspx
UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a non-departmental public body that works across the UK and accountable to the Secretaries of State for Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Ministers in Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT), Department for Education (DfE) and the Devolved Administrations.

SOC Codes Explained

SOC codes have 4 digits, going from the “major goup” down to the “unit group”. These form a hierarchy.

For example:

· Major Group

1 Managers, Directors and Senior Officials

· Sub-Major

11 Corporate Managers and Directors

· Minor Group

111 Chief Executives and Senior Officials

· Unit Group

1115 Chief executives and senior officials

1116 Elected officers and representatives

hackers/faq.txt · Last modified: 2013-03-08 14:01 by Philipp Rustemeier